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The Darkness – Permission To Land (2003)

June 9, 2012

[Album 60/1001]

The oft-acknowledged, obvious Queen comparisons:
– Lead singer (Justin Hawkins) hits unbelievably high notes and is the over-the-top frontman, complete with camp stage presence & outfits
– Guitarmonies clearly inspired by Brian May
– Songs that are so outrageous that they are infectiously catchy

Though this is no 2nd rate tribute band;  despite traces of Robert Smith and Axl Rose in the vocals at times, The Darkness were certainly one-of-a-kind in 2003.

Big single I Believe in a Thing Called Love remains a crowd-pleaser; other expletive-laden gems include Get Your Hands Off My Woman and Givin’ Up

Refreshing as it is to see a band not take itself to seriously, this also shouldn’t be dismissed as a lightweight record.  There’s really no other way to put it: Permission to Land rocks.

Would be a blast to see live.

From → 2000s

  1. What are your thoughts on the band Micah? I can’t help but think of Lollipop…

  2. stephen1001 permalink

    I’m a fan – The part in Grace Kelly definitely comes to mind as well, “so I tried a little Freddie, mmmmmmmmm!”

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